Earlier this year when Digital DUMBO CEO Andrew Zarick met Mark Nagurski, Digital Champion of an organization called Digital Derry in Derry, Ireland, there was a mutual understanding our two organizations should collaborate. Mark traveled from Ireland to meet with Andrew in DUMBO, home to Brooklyn’s burgeoning tech community and our organization, Digital DUMBO. During their meeting, Andrew had the opportunity to tell Mark about how its organizers had gone about growing Digital DUMBO over the past few years. Mark elaborated on the topic of new ventures, explaining how Derry and Ireland in general had been on a tear as of late in the digital space and as a result of this growth, a conference called CultureTech was in the works. After having just completed Digital DUMBO’s inaugural dd:IMPACT conference, an event that explored how digital has disrupted, evolved, and progressed culture, it was a fitting conversation to be having.
Ireland isn’t the first place that springs to mind when talking about where the next wave of digital startups will break. However, Mark was quite convincing of the big things that are happening in Northern Ireland’s second largest city, and invited Andrew to travel to Derry to participate as a speaker in CultureTech.